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Could David Beckham Be Taking His Team to Broward?

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Last time Miami got a Major League Soccer team, it actually played in Fort Lauderdale. Could history be repeating itself? The Miami Herald reports David Beckham and his Miami Beckham United partners are set to talk to Broward County commissioners about the possibility of building a stadium there.

Is it an actual possibility or a bit of a negotiating move designed to scare leaders in Miami-Dade?

See also: Here's What Beckham's Soccer Stadium Next To Marlins Park Would Look Like

Though Beckham and his group have said repeatedly they want a soccer stadium somewhere in downtown Miami, that hasn't stopped others from trying to attract his attention. Florida Atlantic University has offered its football stadium, while leaders in Homestead and Florida City have thrown their hats into the ring. It's unsurprising that Broward County also has interest, and the Herald's Barry Jackson reports that Beckham is at least willing to listen.

See also: Rep. Joe Garcia Wants Beckham to Build Stadium in Homestead or Florida City

Jackson reports that team lobbyist Brian Ballard has told Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter that they're open to hearing what BroCo has to say.

The Miami Fusion played in west Fort Lauderdale in Lockhart Stadium. Attendance suffered, and games attracted only about 9,403 people before the team folded in 2001. However, it's a possibly that Broward could offer a spot to build a shiny, new downtown stadium of its own.

Granted, we wouldn't be surprised if Beckham and his partners are using the negotiations with Broward as a bargaining chip with Miami-Dade. This seems like basically the equivalent of a sports team threatening to move if it doesn't get a new stadium (cough Marlins), except in this case the team doesn't exist yet.

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sgourous
sgourous

If David leaves, its a tremendous loss for Miami 

Horrashitz
Horrashitz

Average attendance over four years was 9,403.  This misleads.
In the first three years, the Fusion essentially stunk.

Only at the *end* of the third year was there any spark from the team.

In the fourth year, the team was exciting and strong.  Attendance rose 49.5%  MLS awarded the "Supporter's Shield" to the Fusion.  Things had turned around.


And then the team folded.  It folded because the Fusion were owned by Ken Horowitz, the poorest owner in the MLS. A man who stood to make more money folding his team than running it.


And so my point is absolutely clear... It is farcical to suggest that the Fusion were folded for 'lack of support' after finally creating a winning team, after a 50% rise in attendance, and after winning the Supporters Cup.

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

IF this goes to Broward, it will collapse. Professional soccer is a proposition that either needs to happen in Miami or not at all. If I were an investor and it was going to Broward, I would pull out.

Rodrigo Font
Rodrigo Font

David Millheiser I don't understand your hate for which is it? Soccer? Beckham? Stadiums?

Rodrigo Font
Rodrigo Font

Broward? Where an MLS team ALREADY FAILED!! People running Miami-Dade are a bunch of idiots.

Ralph Bruns
Ralph Bruns

South Broward is an ideal area for Beckham stadium.

Jim Raines
Jim Raines

Come to Broward County great spot Weston will blow up.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Please... He'll fork his own money, all he needs is LAND, which the county has plenty of but not in the desired downtown location.

Erika Ann Grohoski Peralta
Erika Ann Grohoski Peralta

1. Nooooooo 2. Who are the Strikers? And where do they play? 3. Couldn't we convert Marlins park? There's good enough reason to take away their stadium. 4. Is there any evidence that he is asking for tax payer money? And is there an economic analysis of what bringing an MLS team would do to the county?

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

We don't have enough money for education, infrastructure, job training,
disaster relief, healthcare war veterans etc. However, we seem to have
unlimited resources to build area for sport team own by billionaire

Russell Adams
Russell Adams

He started in downtown mia, moved to Marlins stadium, then back downtown, then Hialeah, now Broward, next will be Palm Beach Cty. I dont know whose worse, Beckham team or ALL ABOARD FLORIDA.

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

This is assuming MLS wants ANYTHING to do with Broward after the disaster that was the Miami Fusion.

Eric Rich
Eric Rich

build that shit where the strikers play.. yeah i said it

Viv Ian
Viv Ian

It should go to Broward because Miami obviously has very "deep pockets"

Frank Ponch Torres
Frank Ponch Torres

Okay all you geniuses and stadiums for the rich. I can't Marlins Park not be used for soccer? Not sure if all you soccer fans are aware but a major soccer match is going to be played on September 11 between Real Madrid and Barcelona. If its good for them what's the issue of a soccer only facility. Hurricanes get first dibs at a new stadium not this crazy thing little Becky wants to do

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

Miami is the worse place for any stadium, bring it to Broward!!! Better access, more room, and no rude and incompetent employees like Miami!!!!

FatHand
FatHand

Greatest news I've heard all day. DAVID, COME TO BROWARD!

Eugenio A. Alonso
Eugenio A. Alonso

He better before this county finds a way to use public funds and then in turn fleeces him dry. It reminds me of the Simpson episode when they go to Cuba and Fidel steals the trillion dollar from Mr. Burns. This county does the same or the one where they have "a thousand dollar departing charge" when a film comes to shoot in Springfield and the mayor asks for it. This place is incorrigible.

Steve Fuentes
Steve Fuentes

He just wants land that can be turned over to casinos once the soccer team fails. For those that keep making reference to World Cup, MLS play is not the same. We're already paying for a stadium that supposedly we couldn't live without and it's mostly empty on game days. Broward can have him.

Manuel Gomez
Manuel Gomez

It will only work if the decision makers lack fortitude of any kind.

csufguy04
csufguy04

" This seems like basically the equivalent of a sports team threatening to move if it doesn't get a new stadium (coughMarlins),"

You are missing another MAJOR except as well, Beckham et al are using their OWN money. Miami would be mental to forgo this huge capital investment and job creation. My two cents.

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

Here's an idea thats crazy as fuck. The MLS team goes to downtown Ft. Lauderdale and plays there. The Strikers move to Miami, go back to Miami FC and play at FIU Stadium. Win-win. Inb4, who are the Strikers.

FatHand
FatHand

I agree, it is difficult to see which is worse: a privately funded passenger railroad or a privately funded soccer stadium. I mean, they both would be pretty great for Florida, so picking a loser is tough.

FatHand
FatHand

So Orlando needs two MLS teams? That makes sense.


markee67
markee67

Okay genius, why would MLS and Beckham's group go to a stadium where they get no share of the revenue from parking or concessions, and probably split profits from ticket sales with the Marlins ownership.  Any large stadium already in use can be converted to use for soccer, but that doesn't make it the right deal for the owners of the soccer team who intend to make money.  

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

The game on 9/11 is an old timers game. There would be nothing wrong with the team playing at FIU or Taxpayer Stadium to start but it would cut down on the graft involved and we cant have that can we?

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@csufguy04 

So let them use their own money thenLet them find privately owned land and build their stadium.      

Good luck with that right?

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@markee67 

No need to catch feelings.  It would be pretty cheap to rent FIU Stadium but thats not good enough for Beckham.  If he wants his team to play closer to downtown Taxpayer Stadium is his only option

markee67
markee67

@miamitrev2 my genius comment was simply to Frank, not you.  We all know the real issue, is they want free land in a prime area and then they will build the stadium,  When are the politicians going to learn to stop handing out free prime real estate to private corporations? 

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